Up Cycling an Old Colander into a Planter for Spring

About a year ago my friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life asked a few of her bloggy friends to compose posts and pinch hit for her while she was a way from the bloggy world for a little while. I was lucky enough to be one of those bloggers she asked, so I wrote a tutorial on how to create a spring planter using an old kitchen colander. Since we all are more or less chomping at the bit for Spring's arrival, I thought today I would share this post with my own fabulous readers.


Today I'm sharing with you a cute project which appeared in the April 2015 issue of Country Living magazine. As soon as I saw this I knew it was going to be my next crafty thing to do. To be honest we have been having so much snow here in the northeast lately, that anything even slightly reminiscent of spring is something I am going to be completely drawn to.

Aren't they darling?
And I just happen to have an old colander down in the basement that I haven't used in years! This project is pretty simple...all you need are the following items.

Start with some twine, I used slightly under 2 yards for each handle, and anchor it to one of the the handles of your colander with a slip knot. 

Then holding the knot tight, begin to wrap the handle with twine. As you move along, tighten up the wrapping so there aren't any gaps.

Wrap until the handle is completely covered and then make another slip knot and secure the twine with some craft glue. Now go back and secure the slip knot where you started the wrap with a little dab of glue as well.

Next you are going want to line your colander with some sheet moss so the dirt doesn't slip through its holes. I picked up the sheet moss used here for just a few bucks in the craft section of our local Walmart.

Add your potting soil and then your plants. I wanted to use pansies but couldn't find any, so I went with this pretty yellow primrose plant they had at the supermarket mixed in with the African violets. I also used some simple indoor plant greens and tucked in a little Spanish Moss around the edges to give it a more finished look.

Cut 4 equal lengths of twine, about 24 inches each, and tie 2 lengths to the two sides of each of the colanders handles...

...and then secure them to an "S" hook.
Trim the excess twine to make it look neat.

And that is it!
This project took me all of about 15 minutes to put together and I think the colander is adorable as the planter. 
Perfect for the kitchen and when the weather warms up you can hang it on your porch.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!


  1. What a cute, cute, cute idea, Barbara! I have a couple of old colanders that I could use for this! Love it- Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

  2. Barbara, your colander is so pretty filled to the brim with plants. :)

  3. What a fantastic idea:-)

  4. Hi Barbara! Oh, this is just the cutest thing and what a pretty colander you found!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Hi Barbara - What a darling project! Love it!


  6. I think your colander is beautiful. I love how you used it like that. I never thought of using a colander as a pot for a plant. Makes perfect sense though since it has holes at the bottom. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Barbara,
    I adore the up-cycling of your enameled colander, dear friend!
    "Mr. Ed" and I did this a few years back, but placed ours on a shelf in the Garden! I think hanging shows off the colander, much nicer!

  8. Hello Barbara, I really love your pretty planted and from a colander too. What a great idea. I would love to try this out this spring.
    Julie xo

  9. Barbara, I remember seeing this when you first did it. So pretty and brings so much spring into the picture..Happy Wednesday..Judy


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